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The research activities of the Centre started in 2004. Initially it consisted mainly of Japanese studies, but since 2008 Korean studies and Chinese studies were gradually introduced, the research spectrum of the Centre was expanded. Main topics of Centre’s researchers are concentrated on cultural and political processes in East Asia.

Centre’s umbrella research theme is the image/representation of East Asian countries in Europe. Due to this, we are particularly interested in Japanese and Korean popular cultures, contributing much for building the images of these countries in the post Cold War world.

Concentrated on this main research line, the Centre is initiating research projects, aiming at creation of the international research networks, organizing annual conferences/symposiums and publishing research results. Since 2007 Centre’s projects are supported by Toshiba International Foundation, Japan Foundation and Suntory Foundation.

Centre’s academic research projects:

Civil Society in East Asian Countries: Contributions to Democracy, Peace and  sustainable Development
Sponsor: Japan Foundation, Taipei Mission in the Republic of Latvia
Duration: April 2017-March 2018
Result: International Conference (to be published March 2018)

Creation of the Documentary “Kaunas, the City of Sugihara and Japan”
Sponsor: Toshiba International Foundation
Duration: April 2017-March 2018
Result: (to be released March 2018)

Travel and Mutual Understanding: East Asia, Europe and beyond
Sponsor: Vytautas Magnus University
Duration: October 2016-October 2017
Result: International Conference

Expansion of website for self-learning Japanese in Lithuanian
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Duration: May 2016-March 2017
Result: website japonukalba.vdu.lt 

Unconventional security challenges in East Asia
Sponsor: Vytautas Magnus University
Duration: November 2015 – April 2016
Result: Presentations at the Conference

Creation of website for Japanese-Lithuanian dictionary
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Duration: April 2015-March 2016
Result: website nihongo.vdu.lt 

The most prospective cooperation areas for Lithuania’s involvement in EU-ASEAN Dialogue
Sponsor: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
Duration: April 2015-July 
Result: Report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Shifting Inter-Regional Balance: EU-Asia Economic Cooperation
Sponsor: Taipei Mission in the Republic of Latvia
Duration: January 2015-December
Result: International conference

Christian world and East Asian Traditions: Symbols, Concepts, Practices
Sponsor: Taipei Mission in the Republic of Latvia
Duration: January 2014-December 
Result: International Conference

Chinese/Taiwanese studies in Baltic States
Sponsor: Taipei Mission in the Republic of Latvia 
Duration: January 2013-December
Result: International conference

Study on representation of Japanese contemporary popular culture in Europe
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Duration: March 2012-March 2013
Result: not finished

Comparative Research of the Reception of Japanese and Korean Popular Culture in Europe (joint research and publication)
Sponsor: Suntory Foundation
Duration: August 2011-July 2012
Result: Publication “Reception of Japanese and Korean Popular Culture in Europe” (2)

Website for self-learning Japanese language in Lithuanian
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Duration: March 2011-March 2012
Result: website japonukalba.vdu.lt 

Japan in the West: a Comparative Analysis (joint research and publication)
Sponsor: Japan Foundation, Ref. No. 23RC-E8001
Duration: March 2011-March 2012
Results: “Regioninės studijos (6)

Japanology within Asian Studies in Lithuania: Historical Perspective and Present Situation (Symposium)
Sponsor: Japan Foundation, Ref. No. 23RIE-RC-E11021
Duration: May 2011-December 2011
Results: Homepage “Asian Studies in Lithuania”, The Fifth international conference; Publication “East Asian Studies in Lithuania”

Reception of Japanese and Korean Popular Culture in Europe (joint research and publication)
Sponsor: Suntory Foundation
Duration: August 2010-July 2011
Result: Publication

Representation of Japan in European Medias. Comparison with the Korean Case (joint research and publication)
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Duration:  June 2010-May 2011
Result: International conference; Publication

Japan as Images: Crossing Viewpoints of Europe and Japan
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Duration: April 2009-March 2010
Result: International conference; “Regioninės studijos (4)

Contemporary Japan from European Perspective
Sponsor: Toshiba International Foundation
Duration: April 2008-March 2009
Result: “Regioninės studijos (3)

Image of Japan in Europe
Sponsor: Toshiba International Foundation
Duration: April 2007-March 2008
Result: International conference; Publication

Besides, the Centre for Asian Studies also conducts educationalpublication support and library expansion projects.